Vintage finish for Faldo on St Andrews farewell

Fri Jul 17, 2015 4:04pm EDT
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By Martyn Herman

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) - It could have been 1987 all over again.

Nick Faldo rolling in a majestic birdie and standing, arms aloft, milking the applause in the yellow diamond-knit sweater he virtually trade-marked in his pomp.

A glance at the scoreboard alongside the Road Hole on Friday fast-forwarded everyone to 2015 and Faldo's final walk down the stretch at a St Andrews British Open.

As farewells go the 57-year-old six-times major champion could not have asked for more.

Even a rainbow formed over the Old Course clubhouse as Faldo putted up from a hollow next to the 17th green and watched as the ball snaked its way into the cup.

The crowd went crazy and then Faldo's party piece.

He unfolded the cashmere sweater he was wearing for his first British Open win at Muirfield in 87, slipped it on and posed on the Swilcan Bridge with son Matthew, his caddy.

Fellow Englishman Justin Rose, who idolized Faldo as a kid, and American Ricky Fowler, joined him, while new sensation Jordan Spieth, playing up the first fairway, stopped to applaud.   Continued...

Nick Faldo of England poses on The Swilcan Bridge on the 18th hole during the second round of the British Open golf championship on the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland, July 17, 2015. Faldo is playing in his last Open golf championship at St. Andrews.    REUTERS/Eddie Keogh